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May Allah reward you for this useful site inshallah.

1 Would you please give me the definition and explanation, if possible, of the following terms: Hafs and As-Soosiyy - Hafs 'an' Aasim - Ash Shaatibiyyah - Al Bazzee - and Raawee.

2 Would you please tell me what is the "Shatibiyyah poem" and where can I get ahold of it?

3 Do you know where I can buy some Qur’anic audio cassettes featuring "Warsh" recitation only?

May Allah help you in your answers and may He reward you kindly inshallah

Ma Salam


Wa alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh.

Jazakum Allahu khairan.

1. Hafs, As-Soosiyy, and, Al-Bazzee, are all names or nicknames for famous qurra’aa of the early generations, who recited to and learned from great reciters of the early period after the Prophet,   .  The way they recited and taught, all authentically transmitted from the Prophet,  became so well known, that it was named after them.

Imam Hafs, recited to Imam ‘Aasim, and the way of recitation then is called, Hafs ‘an ‘Aasim. 

Imam Al-Qaasim bin Feerruh bin Khalaf bin Ahmed Ash-Shaatibiyy was a scholar from Andalusia and amazing enough, blind, and was a great scholar of the qira’aat.  He composed a poem outlining the two most famous ways passed down from each of seven strong imams.  This poem is named  , but has become known by the name of its author, and therefore often called Ash-Shatibiyyah.

Rawee, when referring to ways of recitation is a narrator who related a specific way from a main imam of recitation. He either took the way from the imam directly or through one of his students. 

2. The Shatibiyyah poem then is as described above.  It is 1173 lines long and a major reference for the seven qira’aat.  It is available in Islamic bookstores in the Middle East , and also available in online stores as text only or in a CD with text and sound.  There are some layouts much better than others and some recordings closer to the way of reciting the poem passed down from Imam Ash-Shaatibiyy, than others, but we could not tell from the websites which are better than others.  These two sites are among a few that carry it; but please note, we are not endorsing these sites.

3. There are sets of Sheikh Al-Husary reading Warsh available in Egypt and Saudi Arabia , but we understand that they are difficult to come by.  There are different recordings available online of the recitation of Warsh. One link that has Ash-Sheikh Husray reading Warsh is: